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  • Forthcoming: February 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-67417-0
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Dalton Conley (Author, Princeton University)


The bestselling “untextbook” gets students thinking like sociologists

Dalton Conley’s unconventional narrative uses personal anecdotes and current examples to help students understand big ideas. Chapter-opening Paradoxes stimulate sociological thinking. And NEW Practice activities—in text and online—invite readers to “make the familiar strange.” Scholarship and examples have been refreshed throughout, especially in a revamped Gender chapter. A wide array of multimedia and assessment tools include award-winning InQuizitive activities for students’ pre-lecture prep and NEW online activities for post-lecture practice.


New tools—in text and online—put sociological thinking into practice

Learning to think sociologically takes practice. Completely NEW  Practice activities help students apply concepts as they balance objectivity and empathy. Corresponding advice in the Interactive Instructor’s Guide help instructors make these activities easily assignable. A revised and expanded InQuizitive course with 10% more applied questions, enables students to practice and apply essential concepts. A NEW How to Read Charts and Graphs InQuizitive activity develops data literacy. And NEW Writing for Sociology tutorials provide guided practice to develop key writing skills.

Fresh, relevant examples—plus a revamped gender chapter

With each new edition, Conley thoroughly updates the text to keep it relevant and reflective of current research and thinking. He has completely refreshed Chapter 8, Gender, with input from leading scholars of gender, sex, and sexuality.

Supports sociological thinking, from Paradox to Practice

A consistent framework highlights the big ideas of the discipline in a lively NEW design that avoids the traditional textbook clutter. Each chapter begins with a Paradox—a big question that helps students “make the familiar strange.” Throughout each chapter Conley incorporates interviews with People whose careers are informed by sociological thinking. Then, a Policy discussion investigates applications of key concepts, and NEW Practice features invite students to put sociological thinking into action.

A teaching tool that even non-textbook users love

Instructors cite three main reasons for not assigning a textbook: 1) they’re expensive; 2) students don’t read them; and 3) they cover material that isn’t addressed in the course. You May Ask Yourself provides an alternative solution to all three concerns.

    PART I: Using Your Sociological Imagination
    Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination: An Introduction
    Chapter 2: Methods
    Chapter 3: Culture and Media
    Chapter 4: Socialization and the Construction of Reality
    Chapter 5: Groups and Networks
    Chapter 6: Social Control and Deviance 

    PART II: Fault Lines... Social Division and Inequality
    Chapter 7: Stratification
    Chapter 8: Gender
    Chapter 9: Race
    Chapter 10: Poverty
    Chapter 11: Health and Society

    PART III: Building Blocks: Institutions of Society
    Chapter 12: Family
    Chapter 13: Education
    Chapter 14: Capitalism and the Economy
    Chapter 15: Authority and the State
    Chapter 16: Religion
    Chapter 17: Science, the Environment, and Society
    Chapter 18: Collective Action, Social Movements, and Social Change